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Electronic cigarettes (i.e., vaping devices) can look similar to cigarettes in shape and size but contain a battery-operated heating device that vaporizes a nicotine-containing solution, creating a mist that is then inhaled. The tips often have an indicator light designed to emulate the burning ash of a traditional cigarette. They may be either disposable or refillable.

Using an e-cigarette is commonly referred to as “vaping.” Popular brands of e-cigarettes sold at convenience stores and gas stations include “blu” and “NJOY.” Products come in kid-friendly flavors like chocolate, strawberry, mint, and piña colada.


Health Risks

The safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been thoroughly studied. Right now, there is no way of knowing how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled by users and/or bystanders. These products are not considered to be safe or effective replacements for other tobacco products.

Recent studies have found that e-cigarettes can contain as much nicotine as a regular cigarette – or more. The liquid nicotine solution is very toxic and can potentially be spilled or accidentally swallowed.

Cartridges generally contain up to 20 mg of nicotine. The lethal dose of nicotine for children is approximately 10 mg.

Safety Risks

E-cigarettes, or “vapes,” can explode and cause serious injury. Although rare, these explosions are dangerous.

  • Avoid “vape” battery explosions
  • Report safety concerns about e-cigarettes

Laws & Regulations

It is illegal for youth under 18 to buy or possess them in Colorado; it is also unlawful for adults to sell or give them to anyone under 18.

The 2008 Tobacco Free Schools Law prohibits students, staff, and visitors from using tobacco products on school grounds. Tobacco products are defined as “any product that contains nicotine or tobacco or is derived from tobacco and is intended to be ingested, inhaled, or applied to the skin of an individual.”

Safe Disposal

In Boulder County, e-cigarette components, including batteries and e-liquids, can be disposed of at the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility.

To learn more about e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, and other tobacco-related products and issues, please contact Boulder County Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (TEPP) staff at 303-413-7524.

Electronic Smoking Device Fact Sheet

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